Trevor Ringland, a solicitor, former Irish rugby international and member of the British-Irish Association, says the EU has ‘replaced a sense of threat from other European nations with a sense of interdependence’.

Over the coming weeks the ‘Brexit’ debate will tease out the merits or otherwise of the UK remaining in the European Union. Whether the decision is to(...)

Michael Kiernan attempts a drop goal over Mark Ring during Ireland-Wales Five Nations match at Cardiff Arms Park in 1987. Ireland won 15-11. Photograph: Simon Bruty/Allsport

Meetings between Ireland and Wales are akin to a two-horse race, but at times over the last two or three decades it’s been easier to pick the winner o(...)

Gordon D’Arcy and Aoife Cogan at the Ireland Funds Annual Fundraiser in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, where the former Irish Rugby International was honoured. Photograph: Collins

For the first time in 16 seasons Gordon D’Arcy will not be involved in the Six Nations rugby championship this weekend. Instead, he was honoured yest(...)

One of Ireland’s all-time great fullbacks Hugo MacNeill. He will be a member of the oversight board

The IRFU’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup could, if successful, benefit the Irish economy to the tune of €800 million plus.The union has announ(...)

Former Ireland rugby international Trevor Ringland. Mr Ringland was one of the attendees at the launch of the first branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) in the Republic, where Lord Diljit Rana urged the State to consider rejoining the Commonwealth.   File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Republic needs to have a “rational and serious debate” about rejoining the Commonwealth, a member of the House of Lords has said. Speaking at the (...)

Tommy Bowe, or should that be Tommy Booooooowe, scores a try against England at Twickenham in 2010. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Thoughts on the Six Nations season and television. RTÉ should use the archives more: There is an entire generation of people who never saw Ollie Ca(...)

Ireland’s players singing ‘Ireland’s Call’. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ireland’s Call. It’s just a song, right? Four-line verse, four-line chorus, key change, four-line chorus again. Shoulder to shoulder, all that malarke(...)

Ireland  international wing Tommy Bowe attending the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of John Wilson “Jack” Kyle, former Ireland and Lions rugby player in Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Irish rugby legends have paid tribute to the one considered the greatest of them all as they joined friends and family of the late Jack Kyle at a spec(...)

Progressive Unionist Party leader Billy Hutchinson said: “I regret every death in this society, but the point is that I will not in any way diminish or try to take away from what I did in the past.”

Progressive Unionist Party leader Billy Hutchinson has been criticised after he said he h(...)

Former Derry player Joe Brolly, now a GAA pundit. “A lot of our boys play rugby as well, the thing is there’s no barriers when you play a sport at a young age. My own son plays rugby for Malone, there’s no issues and it’s very normal for him.” Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

To the southern mind it probably seems prehistoric and idiotic and that’s because it is. If a young child, devoid of bitterness and historical baggage(...)